Thanks for the update. For future reference, you might consider, and test
if you have time and a couple of stations to test with:
If the domain controller goes missing, you can still logon to the stations
as they will use cached credentials. First thing I would do is insure you
have an administrative logon available to the local machine in case the
time for the cached credentials expires before you get the DC - SBS back
on line. No need at that point to remove the stations from the domain.
To access the internet in the interim, You will have to add a new default
gateway and DSN setting to the stations NIC properties, and provide an ip.
Easiest way to do this is to turn on DHCP on the firewall/edge device and
put it on the same set of wires as the stations. If you had you SBS in a
single nic config, (as required by SBS 2008, i forget which version you have)
this would already be connected correctly, just turn on the DHCP service
on the edge device.
This way, when you bring back the SBS (or any DC) you just plug everything
back the way it was, reverse the DHCP changes, and volia.
btw, my father was Mr. Struckmeyer, I am Larry. <g>
Please post the resolution to your
issue so others may benefit
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> Mr. Struckmeyer, Thank you for your assistance on this issue. I know
> the problems when a reinstall happens. In this case I was able to
> avoid a reinstallation by getting the server back up by removing the
> offending software, the antivirus. I was able to get my users back by
> manually reconnecting to the domain. My explaination: I switched the
> NIC cards to DHCP, then RightClicked on MyComputer, Selected
> properties, then "Computer Name " tab, then "Change...", Then selected
> the "Domain" radio button, then entered my "Domain name", clicked
> "OK" after reboot I logged in but made sure that the "Log onto:" line
> was visible and selected my domain form the drop down list. It
> rebooted up into the domain and users had their desktops and setting
> Again thanks for your assistance.
> "Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP]" wrote:
>> Assuming a new domain, you have to join. This will create a "new"
>> user profile, and as others have pointed out will allow you to copy
>> over the previous, non-domain profile to the new. But, there is some
>> FUD factor here, so I would like to add.
>> If XP stations, the "previous settings", meaning the desktop,
>> favorites, my docs (which should be redirected to the SBS) and so on
>> are in:
>> C:\documents and settings\username(.domain for the period of domain
>> If Vista or Win 7 stations, the folders are in C:\Users
>> The usual things of concern are Desktop, Favorites, Documents and
>> perhaps email from a pst file.
>> All these settings are "separate but additive". By that I mean that
>> you can copy from one user set into another. Of course you would
>> need permissions to do so, but it is available if you need to.
>> Worse case is that you login to the workstation as the domain admin,
>> copy the folders from each of the prior users to the current one.
>> Any pst file has to be dealt with (or ignored) by importing or coping
>> to the new outlook profile into the new exchange mailbox.
>> When you are sure all settings (that are on the local station) are
>> set, you can delete prior users (or not, your choice).
>> If you have other settings of concern, please let us know which and
>> we will try to point you to a solution.
>> Please post the resolution to your
>> issue so others may benefit
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>>> We had a large problem (previous post "SBS 2k3 sp2 problem after
>>> power off "posted May13 I posted my solution there). I was forced to
>>> set up a peer to peer network inorder to keep us runningand take
>>> care of our clients. Now that I have the server back up again I was
>>> wondering if there was a way ro reconnect to the SBS2k3 SP2 network
>>> without using the //server/connectcomputer setup. To set up the peer
>>> to peer I went through the properties of my computer and changed
>>> from a domain to a workgroup, then set the nic cards to static ip
>>> addresses (192.168.0.xx) of my temp network. on one machine I tried
>>> to undo what I had done (changed the IP address to a static on the
>>> SBS network, 192.168.16.xx, then My Computer, Properties, Computer
>>> name and went from a workgroup to a domain. seemed to hookup, told
>>> me I was now a member of the mynetwork domain. restarted but was
>>> unable to log in said it could not find the mynetwork domain.). I
>>> would like to be able to reconnect to the SBS network without the
>>> users loosing their pervious settings? Can anyone help? Thanks in